Test Nikon 1 System

Categoria: English Pubblicato: Domenica, 28 Luglio 2013 Scritto da Donato Chirulli


 

 

Nikon 1v2

The body is compact, similar in shape to a small DSRL, with a 1” sensor, 14,2 Mpixels, hybrid AF and an EVF (1.4 dots). It has a 3” LCD 921K pixels (unfortunately non tiltable) and various dials and buttons. The look is not that good, to be honest: it’s not a compact camera, and it’s not a DSRL, even if the shape is similar. The protrusion for the EVF and the flash it’s noticeable, as well as the grip, and this doesn’t help trying to fit it into a small bag. Long story short...the style didn’t convince us at all. But you know, it’s not with the style of the camera that you take good pictures.

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 10 mm (27 mm equiv.) - Jpeg OOC - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 10 mm (27 mm equiv.) Jpeg OOC - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 20 mm (54 mm equiv.) - Jpeg OOC - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

But, once taken in the hands, our impressions on the V2 were totally different. Solid feel, good grip, great accessibility to the EVF, even with glasses, well positioned dials and buttons, ease of use and handling. We had only one issue, with the command dial on the top of the camera. It was too easy to accidentally change the settings. Being a high end camera the V2 allows the photographer to get the best and be creative with ease. Thanks to the PSAM modes it’s easy to change all the needed parameters, it’s possible to shoot in Raw + Jpeg, to customize the picture controls and so on. Moreover, there are several different shooting modes, such as the Snapshot Motion and the Best Photo Selector, that can help the less experienced photographers especially in case of moving subjects.

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - Jpeg @ 16 mm (43 mm equiv.) - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - Jpeg @ 100 mm (270 mm equiv.) - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - Jpeg @ 50 mm (135 mm equiv.) - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - Jpeg @ 100 mm (270 mm equiv.) - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - Jpeg @ 35 mm (95 mm equiv.) - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - Jpeg @ 100 mm (270 mm equiv.) - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - Jpeg @ 39 mm (104 mm equiv.) - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1s1

Compared to the big sister the design of this entry level camera is totally different: it’s essential, clean and clever. No protrusions, buttons reduced to the minimum, rounded shapes and very tiny dimensions. Very lightweight (the body is 240gr. only) and easy to use. We really liked the design of this camera. The build quality is really good, in spite of the price range of the camera (under 500 euros in kit with the non stabilized 11-27,5mm). It has a 1” sensor, with 10,1 Mpixels, and the hybrid AF system. Talking about controls, the lack of direct buttons, compared to the V2, doesn’t allow the same control possibilities of the big sister. There’s nothing to complain, because all the needed controls are available but the camera is designed for beginners, probably coming from compact cameras, not used to a great number of buttons and dials. What really drove us crazy was the lack of a RAW+Jpeg option. You have RAW only, Jpeg only, but not both together. It doesn’t make sense.

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR @ 48 mm (129 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR @ 29 mm (77 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR @ 62 mm (168 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR @ 94 mm (254 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR @ 10 mm (27 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR @ 62 mm (168 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR @ 542 mm (145 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR @ 32 mm (104 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR @ 60 mm (163 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Performances

Both cameras have been tested in a variety of shooting conditions, with all the three zooms in our hands. The simple and cheap 11-27,5mm sold with the S1, the 10-30mm stabilized, sold with the V2 and the 10-100mm stabilized. To be honest, apart from the different focal range and the lack of the stabilizer, and being aware of the different sensors’ resolution, we were impressed by the quality of the pictures, regardless the camera/lens combination used. Both camera were responsive, the AF was quick, and the pictures were really good. Both cameras show similar results, and it’s not easy to recognize which picture comes from which camera without the help of the EXIF data. We were impressed by the overall quality of the system’s components. Even the cheaper ones performed as good as the “top” ones. The image quality has always been really good, even at high ISO settings (6400ISO for the V2), despite the small dimensions of the sensor. The lenses were good also, with a constant quality across the entire zoom range and across the entire frame. Distorsions and vignetting were also well controlled. To highlight what we say, we played with the RAW files and Capture NX2, disabling all the automatic corrections, such as vignetting, distorsions and noise. You can see the results looking at the pictures in this article.

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - Jpeg @ 100 mm (270 mm equiv.) - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 84 mm (228 mm equiv.) - Jpeg OOC - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 92 mm (247 mm equiv.) - Jpeg OOC - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 10 mm (27 mm equiv.) - Jpeg OOC - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 58 mm (157 mm equiv.) - Jpeg OOC - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 20 mm (54 mm equiv.) - Raw from Capture NX2 - Picture Control [MC] Monochrom - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 30 mm (81 mm equiv.) - Raw from Capture NX2 - Picture Control [MC] Monochrom - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 22 mm (59 mm equiv.) - Raw from Capture NX2 - Picture Control [MC] Monochrom - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 76 mm (206 mm equiv.) - Raw from Capture NX2 - Picture Control [VI] Saturo - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 12 mm (31 mm equiv.) - Raw from Capture NX2 - Picture Control [VI] Saturo - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 72 mm (194 mm equiv.) - Jpeg OOC - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 100 mm (270 mm equiv.) - Jpeg OOC - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 23 mm (61 mm equiv.) - Jpeg OOC - Picture Control [MC] Monochrom

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 22 mm (59 mm equiv.) - Raw from Capture NX2 - Picture Control [MC] Monochrom - Post Production in Lightroom 5.0beta

Conclusions

For our usual readers is well known how hard we can be but, honestly, we have to compliment Niokn for the quality of the entire System. After the test with the V2 we expected to experience different results with S1, we expected a drop in the overall quality...we were wrong. Apart from handling differencies and different file dimensions, there are almost no differencies between the cameras and the lenses. It’s obvious that there are better cameras out there, but with a much larger sensor, a much higher price range, and a non-so-costant quality level throughout the entire systems. With the Nikon 1 System even the cheaper solution is capable to match the quality of the “better” one, and the small sensor's potential is fully utilized. The choice between the models are mostly due to the different handling of the cameras rather than a real difference in quality between the 1 S1 and the 1 V2. The same is for the lenses. Prices are affordable in each scenario: the S1 kit costs around 500 euros, the V2 kit is around 800, and the 10-100mm costs around 450 euros.

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm (74 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 25 mm (67mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm (74 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 11 mm (29 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm (74 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

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Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 30 mm (81 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 30 mm (81 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 10 mm (27 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 30 mm (81 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 26 mm (69 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 11 mm (28 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 11 mm (28 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - Standard Raw Distortion Correction - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 12 mm (31 mm equiv.) - Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [SD] Standard

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 12 mm (31 mm equiv.) - Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [LS] Landscape

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 12 mm (31 mm equiv.) - Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 100 mm (270 mm equiv.) - Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

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Nikon 1S1 - 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 30 mm (81 mm equiv.) Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw corrections - Picture Control [VI] Saturo

100% Crop of previous Image

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 72 mm (194 mm equiv.) - Jpeg OOC - Picture Control [VI] Saturo - Iso 1600

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 10 mm (27 mm equiv.) - Raw from Capture NX2 - No Raw Corrections  - Picture Control [MC] Monochrom - Iso 6400

Nikon 1V2 - 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR - @ 10 mm (27 mm equiv.) - Raw from Capture NX2 - Standard  Raw Corrections  - Picture Control [MC] Monochrom

 

Nikon 1V2: Reportage "FIOM political demonstration" - Rome

Nikon 1V2: Street Photography in Rome and Rome's Harbour

Nikon 1s1: Reportage "Cottanello" - Cottanello (Rieti)